Tea Tray with Hand-cut Dovetails

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Project by CrazyCraftsman posted 10-30-2011 02:52 AM 2072 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a tea tray I made for my mother. It’s made from a piece of cherry I received from my grandmother. This is my first time doing hand cut dovetails (besides some trial runs on some scrap) and I feel they came out pretty good. I finished this project with some semi gloss polyurethane. Some minor blotching did occur…probably should have conditioned the wood before hand, but oh well. The bottom is simply a scrap piece of Luan flooring and it turned out very nice. I really enjoyed making this and hope you enjoy reading it!

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Tim Christensen

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#1 posted 10-30-2011 02:56 AM

Great job on the dovetails!! It looks great!

-- Tim C., Sgt. Bluff, Iowa.

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 10-30-2011 04:00 AM

That is a really nice tray and GREAT dovetails!!!!!!.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-30-2011 04:31 AM

Very nice tea tray! I love to hear people hand cutting dovetails and yours look great!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#4 posted 10-30-2011 06:02 AM

Very nice work on this tray..and way to go on handcutting the tails! Thanks for sharing this.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 07:29 PM

This looks great! My mother ask me to build her a tea set tray for her just Sunday! You have saved me tons of time and I hope my dovetails turn out as well as yours did. Great Job!

-- Robert, Mississippi,

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